i am letting the telephone ring
cause i don't want to know why
i don't want to hear you explain
i don't want to hear you cry
i have written so much about you
so much i thought i knew
words like water used to flow
now what could i possibly have to say?
she is someone i don't even know
and all the things that you've given to me
i see now were simply reparations
they were gifts of your guilt
they were my preparation
i know i should be mature
keep my feet on the floor
but for some reason,
i just don't want them anymore
i know this shouldn't be important
compared to you and i
but i can still hear my questions
and i can still hear you
i can still hear you
lie
now vicariously i have her in me
i want to peel off my skin
let the water wash in
you always said that i was hiding
that i was hiding from you
but you are capable of things i could not do
you are capable of things i could not do
i remember how you pretended
how you pretended to touch me
i remember how i couldn't bring myself to believe
i remember wondering,
what was wrong
what was wrong
how could i be so naive
how could i be so naive?


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    Hearing this song for the first time, i really didn't let it sink it. but then as somethings happened in my life that let these words become my feelings it's sometimes amazing how ani can reach out and write such beautiful songs. Now about what this song means, basically speaks for itself. About not wanting to face what's going on in your life, [i am letting the telephone ring 'cause i don't want to know why i don't want to hear you explain i don't want to hear you cry]

    but yes, claps well done, ani.

    LyricalGroupie1on May 11, 2003   Link
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    I personally think this song is about being cheated on. (Talking to the person that cheatd on you)

    kpon November 14, 2004   Link
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    I personally think this song is about being cheated on. (Talking to the person that cheatd on you)

    kpon November 14, 2004   Link
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    this song is beautiful. and i love how ani can write a song that many people can look at different angles.

    emilymilleron December 19, 2005   Link
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    I agree that this song is about being cheated on. I can't believe she was so young when she wrote this. It's so wretched and well-written.

    androgybunnyon March 25, 2006   Link

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